Fair Philanthropy: The Jill Heiman Vision Fund
Guidelines for the 2014 Vision Fund grant process are available here. Agencies offering basic needs services are invited to apply by March 28 . Grant awards are typically between $4,000 and $6,000 but proposals of all amounts will be considered. Awards are disbursed after the Fair in August or September.
This grant fund honors the memory of Jill Heiman, the Fair’s founding attorney. It supports tax-exempt organizations in Lane County involved in an annually selected focus area such as environmental protection or basic human needs. Donations are provided by Fair volunteers, artists, staff, performers and guests.
To make a supporting donation to the Jill Heiman Vision Fund, please go to our Donations page. Thank you!
In 2013 we supported the following projects and programs providing basic need services:
Egan Warming Center
The Egan Warming Center is a collaborative project providing emergency shelter, food and basic medical care to homeless residents of Lane County. Vision Fund grant funding will be used purchase much needed supplies for operating the warming centers.
Bethel School District Homeless Education Program
The Vision Fund grant is being used to purchase gift cards for new shoes to be distriubuted to students who are experiencing homelessness and extreme poverty. Shoes are essential to full participation in school programs. The school district says "shoes are one of the most requested items througtout the history of our assistance rograms."
Parenting Now! will use its Vision Fund grant to support Make Parenting A Pleasure, its parenting education program. This project serves "highly stressed Lane County families with children 0 -8 years of age who are at risk for child abuse and neglect." The program seeks to assist parents in raising healthy children who are school-ready. Children will be able to attend a "fun and developmentally appropriate pre-K program... Programs include providing nutritious meals and assisting with transportation needs."
Tamarack Aquatic Center
Tamarack serves people of all abilities, many of whom are low income, have disabilities and ongoing health challenges. It has a long history of supporting the therapeutic, rehabilitation, wellness, recreation and socialization needs of our community's most vulnerable populations. The Vision Fund grant will provide funds for maintenance and repair of the plumbing, heating and venting systems that support Tamarack Pool;s opertitons.
Philanthropy was the catalyst that began the Oregon Country Fair, has been essential to developing its long-lived success, and will provide opportunities that further its mission into the future.